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September 27, 2016

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that yellow and cruciferous vegetables contributed to cancer survival.

Balsamic Zucchini Sandwich

Balsamic Zucchini Sandwich

This easy and quick to prepare sandwich combines the flavors of fresh zucchini sautéed in balsamic vinegar with the creaminess of roasted red pepper and cannellini bean spread.

Makes 2 servings


2 zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick strips
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 cup white kidney beans (cannellini beans), rinsed
1 large roasted red pepper
2 whole wheat sandwich rolls (or mini baguettes or bolillo rolls)
6 to 8 fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper 


Over medium-high heat, sauté the zucchini strips for about 1 minute (do not overcrowd the pan). Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and balsamic vinegar and stir immediately. Sauté this for about 30 seconds and remove from the heat. Puree the white beans and roasted red pepper. Toast the buns. Spread the pureed beans on the bottom bun, then add the basil, then the zucchini, and finish off with a garnish of black pepper.

Make It Simple: Instead of making the roasted red pepper and white bean spread, try a roasted red pepper hummus. 

The Gourmet Touch: Instead of sautéing the zucchini, grill them with balsamic vinegar over mesquite wood.

Per serving:
Calories: 380; Protein: 19 g; Carbohydrates: 76 g; Sugar: 11 g; Total Fat: 2 g; Calories from Fat: 5%; Fiber: 14 g; Sodium: 465 mg

Source: 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart by Neal Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Jason Wyrick of the Vegan Culinary Experience.

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

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